Aug 2, 2017

Axios PM

By Mike Allen
Mike Allen
Trump endorses plan cutting legal immigration

The Trump White House may not have moved on from health care, but the president is spending time promoting a bill from Sens. Tom Cotton (R-AR) and David Perdue (R-GA) that would radically change the U.S. immigration system.

  • The goal, from Axios' Shane Savitsky: "The proposed legislation aims to reduce legal immigration by 50% over the next decade by prioritizing skilled workers and cutting back on certain lottery visas and permanent residency for refugees."
  • How that would work, from NYT's Peter Baker: "The legislation would establish a system of skills points based on education, English speaking ability, high-paying job offers, age, record of achievement and entrepreneurial initiative. But while it would still allow the spouses and minor children of Americans and legal residents to come in, it would eliminate preference for other relatives, like siblings and adult children."
  • Trump quote: "This competitive application process will favor applicants who speak English, financially support themselves and their families, and demonstrate skills that contribute to our economy."

Go deeper: White House senior policy adviser Stephen Miller faced the media this afternoon on the immigration bill. Highlights.

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